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Investing in a Workforce Fit for the Future

Date: 16 Sep 2015

Poor employment outcomes for people with long-term health conditions contradicts the fact that many people with such conditions are able and motivated to work – what is lacking is the right support to enable them to do so. The costs of ill-health in the working age population are not only borne by the health, social and welfare systems, but also in terms of national productivity, and by individuals and their families. An ageing population, higher retirement age, and increased chronic illness mean the workforce health challenge issue is likely to grow.

‘Investing in a Workforce Fit for the Future’ sets out the workforce health policy challenge to government. Based on the four white papers produced by the Health at Work Policy Unit in the last year, we outline four policy challenges and current gaps in policy, before making recommendations for government action.

The four challenges are:

  • Incentivising employers to take action
  • Supporting individuals with long-term conditions
  • Driving action at a local level
  • Supporting older workers with health problems

http://www.theworkfoundation.com/Reports/388/Investing-in-a-Workforce-Fit-for-the-Future

Casestudy

“Public Health England South West is delighted to showcase the workplace wellbeing case studies from Cornwall and Isle of Scilly as exemplars of good practice in support of the: ‘Mental health toolkit for employers’, ‘Musculoskeletal health in the workplace’, ‘Reducing the risk of suicide: a preventative toolkit for employers’ and ‘Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention guide for employers’.  Cornwall and Isle of Scilly has a long track record of leading the way in supporting local employers develop approaches that create healthy workplaces which meet the quality mark standards required to receive the prestigious ‘health and wellbeing in the workplace’ award.”

Professor Kevin Elliston, Deputy Director Health & Wellbeing South West

Sickness Absence

Stress related conditions and musculoskeletal disorders are now the most common reported causes of sickness absence from work in the UK. 

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